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Ουδέ γε όπως άφρων έσται η ψυχή επειδάν του άφρονος
σώματος δίχα γένηται, ουδε τούτο πέπεισμαι. 'Αλλ' όταν
άκρατος και καθαρός ο νούς έκκριθή, τότε και Φρονιμώτατον
eikos aútov eiva..-Cyrus, apud Xenoph.

“De tels faits, dont l'univers est tout plein, embarrassent
plus les esprits forts qu'ils ne le témoignent."-Bayle, Dict
Histor. Majus, Note D. Maldonat. G.

LONDON:
JACKSON AND WAL FORD,
ST. PAUL'S CHURCH YARD.

LONDON: R. CLAY, PRINTER, BREAD STREET HILL. TO THE REVEREND

JOHN STUART HIPPISLEY HORNER,

PRESIDENT OF THE

FROME SCIENTIFIC AND LITERARY INSTITUTION,

These Essays,

FOUNDED ON LEOTURES THERE DELIVERED

IN MDCCCXLV. AND M DOOC XLVI.

ARE RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED.

V

PREFACE.

THESE Essays will be found to contain so unusually large a share of citations, that the writer may be regarded by some rather as a compiler of materials, than as presenting thoughts of his own.

It will be found, however, that_excepting a very few passages introduced as slightly illustrative, or ornamental—the citations consist of facts and authorities. Had these been omitted, any opinions advanced could have had but small weight or worth. Narratives of facts demand

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